Pilgrimages Day 5: All Day Bethlehem
by Steve Ray on May 7, 2012
All day in Bethlehem his always special for our pilgrims. This is the burial site of Rachel, wife of Jacob. It is the home of Ruth who became the great-grandmother of David who was born in Bethlehem and probably where he wrote Psalm 23.
It is also prophesied about by Micah 5:2 pronouncing Bethlehem as birthplace of the heavenly king. Then Jesus was born there and later St. Jerome translated the Bible into the Latin Vulgate here.
After shopping, visiting the birthplace of Our Lord (2.5 hour line) we ate schwarma sandwiches at the Christmas Tree Restaurant, then Mass at Shepherds Field where the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds. Then a great lamb and rice dinner and dancing.
When you get to the Calvary area, kiss the prepping stone so you can smell the sweetness of the oils used for burial. It is a smell you will never forget! Oh, how we long for our return. It will be soon. Enjoy! Love, Tom and Ginny